Ernie is passionate about working with entrepreneurs to build best-in-breed cybersecurity companies. Ernie has deep operating experience from across the public and private sectors, formerly serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the Defense Innovation Unit, a government “startup” in Silicon Valley. In this role, he was responsible for executing the organization’s strategy in an effort to rapidly identify and acquire cutting edge commercial technologies to solve national security challenges. Prior to that Ernie served as the Director of the U.S. Cyber Command Point of Partnership, leading tech scouting efforts and engagement strategies with key entrepreneurs, startups, and venture capitalists within the cybersecurity ecosystem. Ernie’s private sector experience includes roles at a leading management consulting firm and an early stage technology startup. He began his career as an Air Force fighter pilot and remains active in the Reserves. He is currently a board member of Huntress Labs and observer for BishopFox, NowSecure and Bayshore Networks. Ernie has an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.S. in cell & molecular biology from Loyola University, MD. He is an avid surfer, guitarist and music enthusiast.